Flooding Damage and Recovery: First flood repair roadway contracts awarded, repairs underway

Road Construction Ahead

Roadways in Northwest Missouri sustained significant damage in the floodwaters that first inundated the area in March 2019. In some places, water remains over roadways more than a month later. As floodwaters recede, broken and missing roadways, damaged bridges, debris, drainage issues, and hazardous materials have been left in their wake.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded two contracts over the past week as part of a special letting to begin the recovery process for these roads. The contracts cover debris removal and emergency repairs. Please note that the projected completion dates are not only dependent on the weather, but also on water levels going down and staying down.

  • US Route 159 (Holt County) from one mile east of Route P near Fortescue to the Missouri River Bridge (crews began work April 29)
    • Debris removal and emergency repair
    • Awarded to Phillips Hardy, Inc. for $3,589,253.87
    • Projected completion on or before June 1
    • While more than 10,000 tons of rock have been placed in a pavement gap west of Route 111, more repairs need to be made at that location to make the road safe for motorists. Local traffic is urged, for their own safety, to stay out of the construction zone until repairs are complete
  • US Route 136 (Atchison County) from Interstate 29 to the Missouri River Bridge
    • Debris removal and emergency repair
    • Awarded to Phillips Hardy, Inc. for $3,490,800.96
    • Projected completion on or before July 1 (may be delayed, as water is still over the roadway as of May 3, 2019)

Additional emergency contracts will follow including Route 111, Route 118, the Little Tarkio Bridge on U.S. Route 159 and many lettered routes.  There are still several miles of roadway underwater, and some with rushing water, which limits our ability to assess damage. When waters recede and damages are determined, those repairs will be contracted as well.

Once the new rock and fill material on these routes has a chance to settle out, more permanent repairs will follow up these emergency contracts. Those permanent repairs should take place next year.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is working diligently to have their portion of I-29 open by the end of May. When Iowa opens I-29, MoDOT will open the Missouri portion of I-29 between Exit 57 and the Iowa border to through traffic. That portion remains closed to through traffic at this time but is open to local, northwest Missouri traffic now.